Comment 49339

By dodell (registered) | Posted October 13, 2010 at 00:41:00

Update on the multi-use trail: there was a continuation of the previous hearings before the Environmental Review Tribunal (administered by "Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario") to September 13th and 17th, although I was only able to attend on 13th. The appellants (against the proposed routing of the trail across Chedoke golf course) presented arguments that the city had under estimated the number of trees that would be cut down or damaged in the copse of trees on the edge of the golf course that separate their properties from the fairways. I also gave my arguments in support of the trail, including the results of the online petition in favour of the trail which had 585 signatures at that time. The hearing office told me that this was "not a popularity contest" and so would give the petition a low weight in his deliberations, although he did allow me to enter the petition into my official evidence. However, I still think the petition is playing an important role in this debate by illustrating the strength of feeling in the wider community. More signatures would not damage my case!

As a result of the evidence he had heard, the hearing officer has requested further tree damage reports from the city (as well as reports on water drainage issues) and another two hearing dates have been set for February 2011 to hear these reports. The trail is in limbo until then although all this might be moot due to the proposed Tiger Cat stadium in the Canadian Pacific Railway yards at Aberdeen Avenue. The proposed trail passes through this land (the City bought a strip of land from CPR for the trail) but the stadium might be on top of it. So I guess nothing will happen until the stadium plans become clearer.

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